Our story

To deepen thinking and creativity in cultural institutions and build professional capabilities in the administration of culture in Singapore

The Culture Academy (CA) of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), plays a key role in championing the development of the next generation of Singapore’s cultural leaders.


CA's efforts are centered on four key areas: Leadership and Capability Development, Research and Scholarship, International Partnerships, and Corporate Policy and Data, all of which are integral to MCCY’s strategic priorities.


Leadership and Capability Development

The Leadership and Capability Development Programmes offered by CA seeks to enhance the participants’ understanding of and alignment with Whole-of-Government (WOG) and Whole-of-Nation (WON) priorities. The programmes also enable cultural leaders to hone their leadership skills and deep dive into cross-sector research so that they can grow professionally and build camaraderie and collaborations through fostering strong professional relations and inter-agency collaborations both within and outside the MCCY family.

Research and Scholarship

CA aims to drive new areas of research aligned with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY)’s strategic priorities to establish a common research agenda in the cultural sector. This involves coordination of the research agenda across MCCY’s family of cultural institutions as well as collaboration with external research institutions. In addition, we undertake impactful cross-cutting research and evaluation through international benchmarking and the commissioning of research studies to address knowledge gaps and inform cultural policymaking in MCCY. We also promote capability development through the sharing of best practices that facilitate evidence-based approaches to research, and the conducting of joint futures research to inform strategic planning via the Cultural Policy Research Network (CPRN). 

International Partnerships

The CA division forms partnerships with like-minded partners to collaborate, strengthen and enhance the culture sector’s and Singapore's regional and international standing in cultural leadership and scholarship.

Corporate Policy and Data 

The Corporate Policy and Data Team provides essential internal support for the division, focusing on administrative, corporate, knowledge management, and branding initiatives. We centralize corporate returns and manage the division's digital platforms, while also providing extensive support for key cross-team projects. Our commitment to providing administrative and corporate support ensures that the division's internal functions are streamlined and optimized for maximum efficiency.


To be the centre of excellence for the development of culture professionals and administrators

Our Logo

The Culture Academy Singapore Logo takes the form of a layered platform that illustrates the Academy’s role in providing a platform to raise the profile of our cultural leaders. The multiple layers also represent accumulating papers illustrating a growing discourse and the thought leadership that Culture Academy hopes to cultivate.

Envisioned in red and white, the logo is made up of Singapore’s national colours pointing to the role that Culture Academy plays in grooming the next generation of cultural leaders for Singapore.

To groom the next generation of cultural leaders in the public sector.

Key Programmes

CA Conference

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The conference brings together esteemed thought leaders from Singapore, the region, andbeyond for in-depth discussions on pertinent issues within the arts and culture community. This platformfosters the exchange of best practices and innovative ideas, facilitating a rich environment for mutualinspiration, networking, and invaluable learning opportunities. Past conferences have led to many newnetworks and collaborations in the sector.

The Fireside Chats present a unique opportunity to leverage existing international engagementsin local events and cultivate relationships with cultural leaders. These events aim to strengthen connectionswith thought leaders from the arts and culture sector, providing a platform for insightful discussions and networking opportunities. By bridging international and local initiatives, our goal is to foster a vibrant exchange of ideas and best practices, contributing to the growth of the arts and culture community.

Leadership Programmes

At CA, we take pride in offering leadership programmes for cultural leaders to gain a better appreciation of the existing leadership needs for them to chart future challenges and opportunities in the Arts, Culture, Heritage and Creative Economy. The programmes also help one to build network, camaraderie and collaborations within and outside the Culture Sector.